G.F. Skipworth

George Skipworth

has spent every available moment playing golf or studying the greats since the 60s, in between world tours as a classical musician, Harvard studies in Government or as the author of a dozen novels. Nicklaus and Snead may be the statistical greats, but Skipworth is a life-long devotee of Gary Player, and considers meeting the South African at the Jeld-Wen to be an unforgettable milestone. His driving passion in golf these days is to raise viewer interest in the LPGA.

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Business on the Course – Relax or Work?

Importance of Course Decisions Unknowable – Not All Relax There The claim is everywhere that we take up the game of golf in order to relax.  We go to the course to chill out, only to agonize over what happens there. If I had stayed home, one might think, I wouldn’t have torn myself up …

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What’s Behind Mental Aspect of Putting?

Logistically, Putting is Microcosm of Driving, but Different for Mind From the tee, the basic requirement is that you place the ball somewhere out there in the vast expanse where the grass is still green, short, and from which you can see the green. The result shouldn’t be wet, sandy, or hidden in tall grass. …

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The Winter Masters – Catchy?

Like a Ghost Tournament, Masters Strives for Semblance of Tradition Those of us who are tuned into the traditional aspects of the Masters at Augusta have some adjusting to do. We’ve known that for a while now, and our adaptive brains have had time to think of solutions, however separate from reality. I, for instance, …

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Marriage between LPGA Golfer and Caddie – Tricky Stuff

LPGA Caddy Relationships Already Hard – But a Marriage? Eleanor Roosevelt let fly with a clever quip in her day, although it has a ring of incorrectness for the modern day that I can’t precisely put my finger on. She suggested that women are like teabags – you never know how strong they are until …

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Late Bloomer Who Wins Older, Can Diversify-Why?

What Is It That Makes a Multi-talented Late Bloomer? The most common story is that a player picks up his or her first club in childhood, hits a natural 100 yard drive, sinks a 15-footer, and is off to fame and fortune as a touring player. For the early starter, there are many inherent advantages, …

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Phil Mickelson in New Prime – Doesn’t Know It

With 44 Wins, Phil Mickelson at That Awkward Age Phil Mickelson is entering his second Champions Tour event this week. He won the first one, and for a time it may begin to look as though the fox has gained admission to the hen house. Mickelson has turned the magical age of 50. Actually, I’m …

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The Golf Course as a Shared Space?

Golf Course Opting for Multiple Use – How Will That Work? Yes, it is a shrinking world, and perhaps we all have to do our part to make public spaces healthy and efficient. It is, however, an odd concept for a golf course. The tennis courts in my home have half converted to pickleball, a …

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Two Faces of Washington State Golf

Visually, Washington State a Split Personality, Both Beautiful For years, I’ve put up with “Now let’s see, where’s Washington State? – Is that Up around Utah somewhere?” “You folks drive cars yet?” “Y’all still wear coonskin caps?” and the like. It is among the most beautiful and misunderstood part of the North American continent, albeit …

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The DeChambeau “Thing” Starting to Rankle

Fellow Pros Exasperated at DeChambeau Repeat Performance in Vegas A lot of people dared to hope that the DeChambeau phenomenon would not become a “thing”…but it did. There was no getting around it. It was inevitably going to become a “thing,” and a big one. What is now called “smash and bash golf” is becoming …

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Ireland – Wonderful and Brutal

Who Has Courses Like This? Welcome to the Wild Side I direct everyone’s attention to an article in Golfweek by Jason Lusk. It is an account of a visit to several northern Irish golf courses, some off the beaten track, some of enormous prestige. I have been to Ireland on a number of occasions, and …

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